SUMMER THEATER: French Woods is an individual choice performing arts summer camp for children from 7 to 17 years old in Hancock, NY. They offer programs in theater, dance, music, circus, magic, rock and roll, visual arts, film and video, sports, tennis, fitness, water sports, skate board, horseback riding and more. Younger campers have more guidance and supervision, while older campers are able to take on some responsibility and have a chance to work in the areas of their interest. French Woods is just one of the many sleep away camps that will be represented at the NJ Camp Fairs across NJ.
You might not think that the dead of winter is the perfect time to find a summer camp for your child, but indeed it is. NJ Camp Fairs will be hosting a series of events this January 2017 where parents will have the opportunity to meet camp directors from exceptional day and sleepaway camps from around the country. more
Arts Council of Princeton’s Executive Director Jeff Nathanson with artist Paul Henry Ramirez
Photography by Erica Cardenas
Dining by Design, the Arts Council of Princeton’s signature annual fall gala, was held at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton Township on Saturday, November 12. This year’s theme, Eye Candy, was inspired by the art exhibit Rattle by Paul Henry Ramirez on view in Grounds for Sculpture’s West Gallery. The evening featured cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live modern dance, Party Boards, a multi-course dinner catered by STARR Events, and an exciting live auction. The choreography and direction of the dancers was the work of Dawn Cargiulo Berman, director of The Pennington Studio for Dance and the Creative Arts. Berman engaged dancers from the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company and Pilobolus Dance Theater to be a part of the evening. The event proved to be a major success, raising funds for the Arts Council of Princeton’s many community programs including their scholarship fund, which benefits local students.
One-night-only Italian truffle dinner taking place at elements Princeton on Sunday, 11/13
On November 13, for one night only, elements will be open on a Sunday evening to tantalize your taste buds with an exclusive six-course Truffle tasting dinner with Italian wine pairings. Course highlights include fresh fluke with olive oil and cider vinegar, duck bolognese over tagliatelle and 48-hour brisket served over rice and mushrooms. more
Still known to many in Princeton as the “old Town Topics building,” the imposing 19th-century brick edifice at 4 Mercer Street was restored by its owner, Princeton University, in 2013 and will see new use as apartments for faculty and staff on the second and third floors and office space on the first floor.
Princeton has a rich history of moving houses, churches and other architectural landmarks
By Ilene Dube
The year was 1868. A few heads must have turned when the house with colossal columns, reminiscent of a Greek temple, arrived by barge in Princeton Basin. From there it traveled up Alexander before settling into an orchard on Mercer Street. The owner, the Rev. George Sheldon, had inherited his family’s Northampton, Mass., home, and when a builder gave the thumbs up to moving it more than 200 miles, the 1830s wooden structure was disassembled, freighted through Connecticut to New York City, then shipped up the Raritan and barged along the D&R Canal. more
Rendered view from Philadelphia looking northeast onto Liberty Property Trust’s mixed-use urban development on the Camden waterfront. This masterplan scheme will include high-performance office buildings, a prominent flag hotel, residential units with an affordable housing component, pedestrian friendly streets, and newly envisioned open spaces.
By Anne Levin
Camden was still lively by the time my mother gave up her job in the early 1950’s. But the good times were not to last. By 1970, the city had begun its slow decline. The relocation to the suburbs of some industries and closing of others resulted in decades of crime, urban blight, and corruption. It all culminated in Camden earning the distinction, in 2012, of having the highest crime rate in the United States. more
THE ROAD TAKEN: Len Graham (pictured left) and Brían Ó hAirt (right), two award-winning musicians and proponents of Irish traditional arts, will present a performance entitled “The Road Taken: Songs, Music and Dance from the Irish Tradition” on Friday, October 14 at 4:30 p.m. in Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall on the Princeton University campus. Photo Courtesy: Brían Ó hAirt
Len Graham and Brían Ó hAirt, two award-winning musicians and proponents of Irish traditional arts, will present a performance entitled “The Road Taken: Songs, Music and Dance from the Irish Tradition” on Friday, October 14 at 4:30 p.m. in Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall on the Princeton University campus. Part of the 2016-17 Fund for Irish Studies series at Princeton University, the event is free and open to the public. Taplin Auditorium is a different location than where Irish Studies Series events are usually held. more
By Ellen Gilbert
“There is always a crisis.” – Andrew Delbanco in College: What It Was, Is, And Should Be
he cover story on a recent issue of Consumer Reports went straight to the point: “I kind of ruined my life by going to college,” it quoted a heavily indebted recent graduate. Her current balance due is $152,000, and she’s definitely not alone: according to recent reports some 42 million people owe $1.3 trillion in student debt. more
Whether you’re a zombie baby or a zombie grandpa, you’re wanted this weekend for Asbury Park’s annual Zombie Walk.
By Sarah Emily Gilbert
Warning: The 8th Annual Asbury Park Zombie Walk is this Saturday, October 1. I say warning, not because the zombies are dangerous. In fact, they’re full of ghoul-gusto and are quite friendly. I say it because last year, I neglected to remember the date of the walk and ended up on a dinner date in Asbury amongst the living dead. However, if you’re feeling corpse-like, get your fake blood ready for this weekend. more
Photo Credit: www.shakespeareglobe.com
Friday, September 30
9:45 a.m.: Job Seekers Session at Princeton Public Library presents “Money Saving Strategies during a Career Transition – Health Insurance, Taxes, Etc.” with Personal Financial Strategist Bill LaChance. Free.
Saturday, October 1
8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.: NAMI Harvest of Hope Annual Wellness Conference at the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville. Kevin Hines will deliver the keynote address entitled, “Cracked Not Broken.” Hines is a mental health advocate, award-winning global speaker, bestselling author and documentary filmmaker who tells audiences around the world about his unlikely survival after jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. Register online at www.namimercer.org. For more information, call 609-799-8994, ext. 10. more
The on-demand fabric producer now offers DIY home décor products through Roostery.com
By Sarah Emily Gilbert
“But I can see it in my head!”
It’s the line we use when that interior design project, outfit selection, or decorating effort doesn’t lead to the vision in mind. We can think up endless prints, colors, and patterns for our projects, but the problem occurs when we can’t find exactly what we imagine. Spoonflower understands that retail stores aren’t always as well stocked as our brains. more
By Sarah Emily Gilbert
Throughout one of the hottest summers in history, a highly pregnant Jennifer Poe was hard at work in her Newtown, Pennsylvania interior design store, Rittenhouse Home Furniture and Décor. Merely weeks after giving birth to a baby boy, Poe is back at it, heading some of the most sought-after interior design projects in the Greater Philadelphia area.
This type of work ethic is nothing new for the recent mother of four. Since the age of 19, she has had a hand in the purchasing, gutting, and renovating of homes, quickly establishing her visionary talent. After graduating from the Art Institute of Philadelphia, Poe founded Rittenhouse Home Furniture and Décor, a full-service boutique firm with cosmopolitan sensibilities. Her storefront may be located in Newtown, but her clientele spans from Philadelphia’s most discerning neighborhoods to Bergen County. more
Friday, September 9
5 to 9 p.m.: Food Truck Friday. Live music and food trucks at 2 Railroad Place, Hopewell (rain or shine).
Saturday, September 10
8 a.m.: 5 Mile Road Race at ETS, 660 Rosedale Road, Princeton. Hosted by Community Education and Outreach of Princeton Healthcare System and Princeton Fitness and Wellness Center. Learn more at www.princetonhcs.org.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Doylestown Arts Festival, celebrating 25 years of groundbreaking art in Doylestown, Pa. Includes more than 160 artisans, live music, and food courts (also on Sunday, September 11). more
Painting: The Death of General Mercer at the Battle of Princeton January 3, 1777.
By Taylor Smith
“Hamilton” has become something of a phenomenon.
The play won 11 Tony Awards, including best musical, as well as a Pulitzer Prize for drama and a Grammy Award for best musical theater album. Additional awards include the Kennedy Prize for Drama and a “genius grant” from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The musical’s creator Lin-Manuel Miranda has freestyled for President Obama and a national tour is set for 2017. more
By Sarah Emily Gilbert
Photographs courtesy of Girls on the Run and The First Tee
“What’s your favorite subject in school?” This is one of the standard questions asked of school-aged children, and the answer is often recess or gym. The popular response can make parents cringe, but studies have shown that gym and recess are crucial to healthy child development. Sports-based youth organizations The First Tee and Girls on the Run understand the need for kids to break out of the structured school routine. more